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MCSO: Missing hiker found safe after going missing in New River

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Posted at 3:41 PM, Feb 27, 2021

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies say they have located a man last seen in New River on Feb. 21.

MCSO says 48-year-old Douglas Horton was found safe Saturday evening.

Horton was last seen after he was dropped off by friends around midnight three miles off Interstate 17 along Table Mesa Road. He planned to be picked up Wednesday around 3 p.m. at the same location.

Officials say Horton is an avid hiker and survivalist who has experience with crossing state lines from Arizona to New Mexico. He is known to check-in every night using his cell phone when at a high point.

Horton did not check in on the first night of his trip and did not show up to be picked up Wednesday, authorities say.

He did not have a set plan for where he was going but he did mention that he would travel between a mountain ridge immediately north of the drop-off point.

MCSO says Horton packed enough food for a week along with four bottles of water.